Not wanting to leave T Rex (Tim Wilding) out, I should mention that he too will be rocking a new steed for the Huka XL, but unlike Samara's, his has clown wheels and is made of plastic. Well, carbon actually, and as you can see from these pics it's a pretty sweet build. Tim says his gear selection and cadence hasn't changed at all on his new Santa Cruz Tallboy with the switch to 29er wheels which can only mean one thing; he's going faster than normal. And unlike the rest of the pro field racing at the Huka XL, Mr Rex has a little extra riding on it. You see he works for Contact (Taupo's main sponsor) and I'm sure there is pressure round the water cooler to back up his Lake Hawea Contact Epic first place with a second win in Taupo (he did take the win at the inaugural event). So it looks like Cabin and T Rex will be battling it out for 29er supremacy this weekend which will be very interesting to watch (not that I'll be able to see from the back of the field...).
Francois Bally-Maitre takes the title at the third Andes Pacifico.
The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and Enduro World Series are still a little way off but transfer season is in full swing. We take a look at who's switched teams for 2017.
Public entries for the 2017 Enduro World Series go live less than one week’s time, mark the 25th January in your diary to be in with a chance of racing.
Christchurch Adventure Park will host its first mountain bike event in the form of The Pioneer 7 day stage race, kicking off there in February.
Trek Factory Racing are on the hunt for a full set of stripes across all mountain bike disciplines in 2017. They have just announced the new team and if anything it looks fast!
The syndicate have just signed two new young recruits to their DH ranks for the season and who better to put them through basic training but Sgt Major Peat and Drill Sargent Minnaar...
The all new Downhill Clubs of New Zealand national series kicked off on the weekend at Auckland's 440 MTB Park. Check out all the action and holiday gossip from the riders...